a dream project

I have been collecting brief descriptions of recent actual dreams, all of which are included here. I am not interested in analyzing them, but simply curious about the experiences we have while our minds and bodies are at rest.

In the process of collecting these dream stories, I was inspired to make A Thousand Threads, a limited edition, screen-printed book. It contains short, meditative poems I wrote by interweaving the dream fragments of others with my own dream imagery.

This project was part of The Spaces in Between, a solo exhibition curated by Susanna Meiers, February 14 – March 11, 2011, at the El Camino College Art Gallery in Torrance, CA.

To see all of the book pages or contribute a dream story, please go to www.betsylohrerhall.com. Thanks!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jack Chipman - Earthquake!

11/14/10 Last night I had an earthquake dream.  I awoke from it and looked at the clock.   It was 1:20 AM on the night before my monthly Rose Bowl flea market.

The Dream

I’m asleep in my paternal grandparents’ elegant two-story Victorian home.  In reality the house was located in Hannibal, MO, but in the dream it’s in San Francisco. At first there’s a jolt that wakes me up (in the dream).  I look around and see things like chandeliers swaying so I know it’s not a dream!  This is followed by a much bigger shock.  I feel the top floor of the house shaking violently, enough so that it falls forward and collapses onto the first floor.  I can hear screaming.  What’s even crazier is that my maternal aunt and uncle (who lived in Seattle) are in the house too.  Immediately after the second quake we’re all in a car driving down the street.   Seeing all sorts of debris in the street I go, “Is this the big one we’ve all been waiting for?’”   Then I wake up.

Jack Chipman

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